Eleven facts about my February running

Leap Day Run
I found this fun Snapchat filter to help document my Leap Day run today, Feb. 29. (Screenshot)

It’s the last day of a longer February than normal. I wasn’t planning on running today, because I already had sore calves, but I figured I probably should because the next time I’ll get this rare opportunity is in 2020! So, here are some takeaways from my February running.

  1. I ran 110.21 miles. This is surprisingly consistent with my January mileage of 110.9.
  2. I ran 15 days. Ideally I should be running more days than 15 a month, but at least February is a short month. That’s also consistent with January, in which I ran 16 days.
  3. It’s getting lighter later. Which is AMAZING!
  4. I did my three longest runs of marathon training. These were 19 miles, 18 miles and 20 miles. The Yuengling Shamrock Marathon is now only 20 days away!
  5. I did an epic snow run. This nearly-daylong adventure was well-documented here.
  6. I explored a new trail. Read about the Algonquin Cross-County Trail here.
  7. I got used to running on the treadmill again. I did three treadmill runs during February.
  8. I ran on Leap Day. As mentioned above, I got in 2.9 miles for Leap Day. I wasn’t going to run, but the hype and looking at social media convinced me to.
  9. I still need to do more strength training. I only did one session of “6 Week Six-Pack” this month. Oops.
  10. I did do a little cross-training. Because of bad shin splints one day, I did about 20 minutes on a sitting bike. I think I should add more cross-training into my workouts.
  11. I stayed at about the same weight and ate out too much. I weigh just slightly more than I did at the end of January, but I didn’t quite meet my goal of eating out only twice in February. I think I ate out six times for work lunches, but at least one of those was free (a Chipotle burrito) and one was very cheap (a grab-and-go sandwich at Salisbury University). But I didn’t eat out of the vending machine at work at all this month, so that’s an accomplishment.

Well, for a short month, I had a lot to say. Onto March!

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3 thoughts on “Eleven facts about my February running

  1. There’s no right answer to whether minimalist or conventional running shoes are better—you have to discover what’s right for you. If you do try minimalist shoes for running, be careful as it’s not something to rush into. The transition takes patience, and ideally, you’ll start before you travel so you can alternate with your existing shoes. It could work well for new runners, as you’ll be increasing your mileage gradually anyway and won’t have the problem I did of being too eager to run longer distances.

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